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June 20, 2013

Defeated budget affects town plans

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — WILSON — With the Wilson School District budget failing, members of the Town Board have wonders about the fate of the town’s recreation program.

The town uses school property for its programs and the school board may have to charge the town fees under the contingency budget. The amount is not known, but there is no money put aside in the town budget to pay for it.

The recreation programs begin in July, and Supervisor Joseph Jastrzemski feels they are jeopardy.

“We may have to pull the plug on summer recreation,” he said. “That will be extremely hurtful to residents.”

There is no charge to residents for the recreation program, except what’s paid by taxes. Activities are held at the grade schools. The gym at Thomas Mark School on Young Street is a big part of the summer program, according to Jastrzemski.

The school board will meet on Tuesday and will consider fees to charge to outside groups.

• Testing prior to dredging the Wilson Harbor is expected to begin next week. The money for the testing, $70,000, has been supplied by the Niagara Greenway Committee.

Dredging of the harbor, funded by the federal government, will begin in 2014. Jastrzemski hopes the Army Corps of Engineers will clear the entire harbor and not just a portion of it.

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